A woman who was injured by Mark Wahlberg as a schoolgirl is opposing an appeal to grant the actor a pardon for his assault conviction in the 1980s.

The Hollywood star has filed a petition asking officials in Massachusetts to wipe a 1988 felony charge from his record, claiming he is a different person to who he was at 16 years old, when was jailed for 45 days for attacking two Vietnamese men.

Two years earlier in 1986, Wahlberg and a group of friends were slapped with a civil rights injunction for allegedly throwing rocks and yelling insults at a group of black school children during a field trip, and one of the girls, now 38, has urged officials to deny his request.

Kristyn Atwood, who claims she was scarred by a rock during the incident, tells the Associated Press, "I don't think he should get a pardon... I don't really care who he is. It doesn't make him any exception... For him to want to erase it I just think it's wrong... It... should be on his record forever."

Wahlberg's request has created a stir on both sides - thousands have signed a petition urging state officials to block it, while one of his Vietnamese victims, Johnny Trinh, publicly stated that he believes the actor "deserves another chance".

The prosecutor who worked on the rock case, Judith Beals, recently wrote an article for a local newspaper opposing the pardon.